Postwar Hollywood: 1946-1962 / Edition 1

Postwar Hollywood: 1946-1962 / Edition 1

by Drew Casper, Casper
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405150750

ISBN-13: 9781405150750

Pub. Date: 12/10/2007

Publisher: Wiley

Post-War Hollywood Cinema is an accessible and comprehensive history of the American film industry, from 1946 to 1962. Drew Casper chronicles the restructuring of Hollywood cinema against the backdrop of the major political, economic, and social changes taking place after World War II.

The most complete of its kind, this innovative book looks at a broad

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Post-War Hollywood Cinema is an accessible and comprehensive history of the American film industry, from 1946 to 1962. Drew Casper chronicles the restructuring of Hollywood cinema against the backdrop of the major political, economic, and social changes taking place after World War II.

The most complete of its kind, this innovative book looks at a broad range of topics as it examines the cultural history, business practices, new technologies, censorship standards, emerging genres, and styles of postwar cinema. In-depth discussions of important and often-neglected films illustrate the culture/filmmaking interface, and demonstrate the triumphs and failures of Hollywood’s new methods. Casper also includes valuable footnotes and a select bibliography.

An ideal text for students of time-specific and broad survey courses, as well as for the home viewer devotee, Post-War Hollywood is an entertaining resource for readers studying this unique period of the American film industry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405150750
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/10/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
484
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Cultural Overview:The Years of Change in America, 1946—1962:.

Introduction.

1. Major Historical Events.

Introduction.

1.1 The Cold War.

1.2 Civil Rights.

Conclusion.

2. Economic Situation.

Introduction.

1.1 Economic Resurgence.

1.2 Post-Industrial Society.

Conclusion.

3. Societal Issues.

Introduction.

3.1 Consumer Culture and Middle-Classness.

3.2 The American Male.

3.3 The American Female.

3.4 The American Family.

3.5 Juvenile Delinquency.

3.6 Sensuality, Sex, and Violence.

3.7 Social Morality.

3.8 Crime.

3.9 Religion.

Conclusion.

4. Other Popular Leisure Activities.

Introduction.

4.1 Television.

4.2 Recordings and Radio.

4.3 Theater.

4.4 Adult Popular Fiction.

4.5 Sports, Travel, and Home Improvement.

Conclusion.

Part II: Business:.

Introduction.

5. Production and Distribution.

Introduction.

5.1 The Antitrust Suit Wrap-up and Fallout.

5.2 The Loss of the Audience.

5.3 The Decline and Shift in Product.

5.4 Consolidation.

5.5 The Mode of Independent Production.

5.6 Runaway Production.

5.7 Diversification.

5.8 Company Profiles: The Administrative and Financial Picture.

5.9 The Industry and HUAC.

5.10 Distribution Practices.

6. Exhibition.

Conclusion.

Part III: Technology:.

Introduction.

7. Color.

7.1 Ansco Color and Metrocolor.

7.2 Eastman Color, Warnercolor, Color By Deluxe, Columbia Color.

7.3 Trucolor by Consolidated and Cinecolor/Natural Color/Super Cinecolor.

8. Screen Shapes and Accompanying Sound Systems.

8.1 Multi-Camera Systems.

8.2 Anamorphic Systems.

8.3 Widescreen.

8.4 Wide-Frame Systems.

8.5 The 70mm/Wide-Gauge Processes.

9. Three-Dimension, Special Effects, and Film Production Refinements.

9.1 3-D.

9.2 Special Effects.

9.3 Film Production Refinements.

Conclusion.

Part IV: Censorship:.

Introduction.

10. Test Cases.

10.1 The Outlaw (UA, 1946/RKO, 1950).

10.2 The Jane Russell Syndrome: Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Cyd Charisse, Sophia Loren, and Gina Lollobrigida.

10.3 The Adaptation of Controversial and Sensational Novels: Double Indemnity (P, 1944), Leave Her To Heaven (TCF, 1945), The Postman Always Rings Twice (MGM, 1946), Duel In the Sun (SRO, 1946), Forever Amber (TCF, 1947), and Flamingo Road (WB, 1949).

10. 4 Racism: Pinky (TCF, 1949) and Curley (UA, 1947).

10.5 The Bicycle Thief (1949).

10.6 Stromboli (1950).

10.7 The Miracle (1950) and the US Supreme Court Decision of 1952.

10.8 Detective Story (P, 1951), Beyond the Forest (WB, 1949), The Doctor and the Girl (MGM, 1949), A Place In the Sun (P, 1951), People Will Talk (TCF, 1952), and Code Amendments of 1951.

10.9 The Moon Is Blue (UA, 1953).

10.10 The French Line (RKO, 1953).

10.11 From Here To Eternity (C, 1953).

10.12 Shurlock’s Reign and Code Readjustments of 1954; La Ronde (1950, 1951) and M (C, 1951).

10.13 Backlash; The Man With the Golden Arm (UA, 1955) and Picnic (C, 1955).

10.14 The Code Revision of 1956.

10.15 Baby Doll (WB, 1956), Tea and Sympathy (MGM, 1956), and The Bad Seed (WB, 1956).

10.16 Giant (WB, 1956), Serenade (WB, 1956), Island In the Sun (TCF, 1957), and Sayonara (WB, 1957).

10.17 Legion Expansion: Peyton Place (TCF, 1957).

10.18 Roth vs. US and The Game of Love (1954); The Garden of Eden (Excelsior Pictures, 1957).

10.19 Vertigo (P, 1958), Bonjour Tristesse (C, 1958), and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (MGM, 1958).

10.20 Lady Chatterley's Lover (1957), And God Created Woman (1958), Room At the Top (1959), and Never On Sunday (1960).

10.21 Anatomy of a Murder (C, 1959).

10.22 Suddenly Last Summer (C, 1959), Some Like It Hot (UA, 1959), and Pillow Talk (U, 1959).

10.23 Blue Denim (TCF, 1959) and A Summer Place (WB, 1959).

10.24 Happy Anniversary (UA, 1959).

10.25 Elmer Gantry (UA, 1960).

10.27 Sanctuary (TCF, 1961) and Splendor In the Grass (WB, 1961).

10.28 Lolita (MGM, 1962) and the Code Amendment of 1961.

10.29 Don Juan (1959).

Conclusion.

Part V: Genre:.

Introduction.

11. Adventure.

12. Biography.

13. Historical Spectacle.

14. Comedy.

14.1 Social Satire.

14.2 Farce.

14.3 Romantic Comedy.

14.4 Family Comedy.

14.5 Fantasy Comedy.

14.6 Comedian Comedy.

14.7 Black Comedy.

14.8 Parody.

15. Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy.

15.1 Horror—Science Fiction.

15.2 AIP Teenage Horror.

15.3 Modern Horror.

15.4 Science Fiction.

15.5 Fantasy.

16. Melodrama.

16.1 Family Melodrama.

16.2 Female Melodrama.

16.3 Male Melodrama.

16.4 Romance Melodrama.

17. Musical.

17.1 Musical Comedy and Musical Drama.

17.2 Musical Biography.

18. Social Problem Film and Courtroom Drama.

18.1 Social Problem Film.

18.2 Courtroom Drama.

19. Suspense Thriller.

19.1 World War II and Cold War Thriller.

19.2 Crime Thriller: Lawmen and Criminals.

19.3 Social Problem Thriller.

20. War.

21. Western.

Conclusion.

Part VI: Style:.

Introduction.

22. Noir.

Introduction.

22.1 Determinations and Practitioners.

22.2 Noir and Genre.

22.3 Mode of Representation and Attitude of Mind.

23. Documentary Realism and Psychological-Sociological Realism.

Introduction.

23.1 Determinations of a Deeper Realism.

23.2 Documentary Realism: Determinations and Practitioners.

23.3 Psychological-Sociological Realism: Determinations and Practitioners.

23.4 Mode of Representation and Attitude of Mind.

24. Other Stylistic Devices.

Conclusion.

25. Coda.

Select Bibliography.

Appendix: Hierarchical Order of Postwar Hollywood’s Top Ten Box-Office Stars (1946—62).

Index

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